Project Description

Spring 2021 Season Registration Opens February 22, 2021

INFORMATION

For more information or questions please contact Allison Sinning at 605.681.8328 or asinning@embe.org.

We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun experienced-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

Heart and Sole is a transformational physical activity-based positive youth development program for girls in 6th to 8th grades. We teach life skills through dynamic interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K run. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.

The “Girl Wheel” is the central concept of the program and focuses on the whole girl.  In each lesson, girls participate in activities related to the Girl Wheel components – body, brain, heart, spirit and social. The wheel helps demonstrate the parts of themselves that impact their lives, their families, their schools and their neighborhoods. Girls learn to use the girl wheel to identify changes they would like to make within themselves and ways they can contribute to change around them.

Another element of Heart & Sole is the concept of small acts of kindness. It’s a way to help girls develop their empathy by noticing opportunities to be kind, appreciating these acts in their lives and engaging in these acts with those in their home, school and neighborhood.

Girls on the Run is currently comprised of over 200 councils across the United States and Canada. We want girls to have the opportunity to participate in Girls on the Run or Heart & Sole wherever they live.

We are currently planning for our Spring 2021 season! If you are interested in bringing Heart & Sole to your school or community, please contact the Council Director, Stacy Stahl, sstahl@embe.org.

Important COVID – 19 Information:

All Heart & Sole participants and coaches are required to adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines outlined by their school district.

We will do our best to encourage social distancing  but recognize that it will not be possible in all instances.  With the nature of the program, we feel it is important that students can interact and engage with each other. Keeping students six feet apart from each other on a regular basis would affect the environment we want to provide.  This would also be a constant struggle and focus of our coaches, which would distract them from doing their jobs well and building relationships with students.

We will encourage students and staff to practice good hygiene while in camp to lessen the spread of germs.  They will be directed to wash their hands and use hand sanitizer frequently. Students will be expected to keep their hands to themselves and not touch other student’s belongings.  Modifications will be made to the curriculum to ensure there is not touching (high 5’s, team hurdles, hand holding etc…).

Virtual Programming:

Our curriculum will be delivered in-person unless your school closes for a period of time. We have will then do virtual programming until school goes back to in-person learning. Virtual Heart & Sole lessons will 45 minutes and lead by a fully trained  Heart & Sole Coach. You will be informed if we move to virtual sessions and provided information about how to meet your team in the virtual space. Coaches will give guidance on how to complete the workout part of the practice.

Become a Heart & Sole Coach!

Heart & Sole strives to help every girl activate her limitless potential and ensure that she is free to boldly pursue her dreams. You can help make this possible by becoming a Heart & Sole Coach and making an investment in the life of a girl! Each season, Heart & Sole has a dynamic group of coaches that volunteer their time to guide and mentor girls so that they are prepared to become happy, healthy, self-confident adolescents and adults. T

Our Spring 2021 Heart & Sole season may look a bit different than previous years as we continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. We know that social connection, physical activity and creating a space for girls to express themselves in more important than ever. We are still finalizing our plans for the upcoming season and more information will be available very soon!

Each team consists of 6 to 15 girls that meet afterschool around 3:30 or 4:00 pm. Each Heart & Sole team meets twice a week throughout the season. Each team will have 4 – 6 coaches to lead the girls with  a minimum of two coaches at each practice. Coaches lead the team through a comprehensive, interactive fun curriculum. All materials are provided.  It’s our volunteers that bring this program to life!

Heart & Sole Coach Requirements:

  • Must be 18 years old or older
  • Lead a healthy lifestyle
  • Interest in mentoring girls and being a positive role
  • Can commit to one, 75 minute practice a week
  • Able to complete National Coach Training
    **You do not need to be a runner to coach a Heart & Sole team!

Our New Coach Application for our Spring 2021 season will open on February 1, 2021! Contact Allison at asinning@embe.org to be added to a mailing list for updates about Spring 2021 coaching opportunities!